Rumor Pile Up: Moto X Play Coming to US as Droid Maxx II

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Be the bigger man…. Be the bigger man… Be the….screw it. I told you so! On July 28th Motorola announced a collection of phones, among them: the Moto X Play. A slightly tuned-down Moto X Style/Pure Edition (or tuned-up Moto G if you’re a glass-is-half-full-kind-of-person at heart) with a large 3630 mAh battery. The twinkle of glee in our eyes was quickly replaced with disappointment as Motorola announced that the Play would not be coming to the US. “But why?” many cried out, taking quickly to the Internet to complain. To some, including myself, the reason seemed pretty obvious. For the last few years, the one standout and heavily advertised feature of Verizon’s Motorola-built Droid line has been the battery life, whether it was the original Maxx or last years less successful Turbo. Since Moto secured the exclusive for the Droid line, surely no one would want them to cannibalize those sales across multiple versions of the same model. And with a Droid refresh incoming, the only logical conclusion is that we would get the Moto X Play as the Droid Maxx II.

Until something official, rumors and leaks is all we have to go on for now. But I’m staking what little reputation I have on this very safe bet. Here is what we have so far:

  1. Moto X Play with large battery not coming to the US but to most other markets. Even Canada got it. If I climb up on my roof, I can almost see people buying them.
  2. Evan Blass, has mentioned a few times that there is a connection between the Play and the Droid Maxx II
  3. HelloMotoHK, a pretty reliable source has claimed the Play is incoming as the Droid Maxx II
  4. A number of Android blogs including Phandroid are claiming that they have reliable tips reinforcing the Droid Maxx II rumor. 
  5. I say so.

Specs should remain similar to what the Moto X Play is currently packing since that would help keep the price tag at around $300, working alongside with Verizon’s new subsidized-less pricing structure:

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Moto X Play Courtesy of Motorola
Moto X Play Courtesy of Motorola

Display: 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 resolution (403 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core @ 1.7GHz
GPU: Adreno 405 GPU @ 550MHz
Storage: 16GB or 32GB, SD card up to 128GB
Cameras:  21MP f/2.0, quick capture, burst mode, night mode, auto HDR
1080p video at 30fps, slow motion video (FRONT)  5MP (REAR)
Battery: 3630 mAh non-removable

If you’re wondering why the Play won’t be the new Droid Turbo; that is because the new Turbo is also being rumored as a separate model, most likely based on the Moto X Pure Edition, with higher specs and price tag. Both models are expected by the end of October.

Any Verizon customer planning to pick up the new Droids coming this fall? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on social media.

Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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